Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Hastings, NE

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED TYPO
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE
809 AM CDT THU MAR 19 2015

...FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HASTINGS NEBRASKA HAS DECLARED
MARCH 16TH THROUGH MARCH 20TH AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.
EACH DAY DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT
A DIFFERENT FLOOD RELATED TOPIC.

FLASH FLOODS ARE EXACTLY WHAT THE NAME SUGGESTS...FLOODS THAT
HAPPEN IN A FLASH. CAUSES OF FLASH FLOODING INCLUDE HEAVY
RAIN..ICE OR DEBRIS JAMS AND LEVEE OR DAM FAILURE.

THESE FLOODS EXHIBIT A RAPID RISE OF WATER OVER LOW LYING AREAS.
THERE ARE MANY REASONS THAT FLASH FLOODS OCCUR...BUT ONE OF THE
MOST COMMON IS THE RESULT OF COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF RAINFALL FROM
THUNDERSTORMS IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. THESE SUDDEN DOWNPOURS
CAN RAPIDLY CHANGE THE WATER LEVELS IN A STREAM OR CREEK AND TURN
SMALL WATERWAYS INTO VIOLENT...RAGING RIVERS. URBAN AREAS ARE
ESPECIALLY PRONE TO FLASH FLOODING DUE TO THE LARGE AMOUNTS OF
CONCRETE AND ASPHALT SURFACES THAT DO NOT ALLOW WATER TO PENETRATE
INTO THE SOIL EASILY. IT IS IMPORTANT TO AVOID LOW LYING AREAS AND
STORM DRAINS WHEN HEAVY RAIN IS IN THE AREA. REMEMBER...TURN
AROUND...DONT DROWN.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FLOODING CAN BE FOUND AT
WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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